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79,560 doses of the vaccine against covid-19 arrived!

QCOSTARICA - Tuesday night Costa Rica received a shipment of 79,560 doses, the largest single shipment so far, of the vaccine against covid-19 from Pfizer. With this sixth batch, the total of vaccines received by Costa Rica is 183,885 doses, which will allow to continue...

FAA Upgrades Costa Rica’s Safety Assessment Rating  

QCOSTARICA - The United States once again awarded Costa Rica the highest category in aviation, just under two years after losing it. The Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes (MOPT) received notification on Thursday, February 11, 2021, from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal...

11 Months later, more than a million students return to the classroom

QCOSTARICA - On Monday, February 8, the 2021 school year began. The Ministerio de Education Publica (MEP) - summoned 1.2 million students of all grades to return to the classroom, after classes were suspended in 2020, 11 months ago, when the pandemic was just...

Quarantine in the United States is only a recommendation; in Canada mandatory

Q COSTA RICA TRAVEL - Since last January 26, the United States Government and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requires proof of negative COVID-19 test or recovery from COVID-19 for all air passengers arriving in the U.S. The negative result of not...

3 out of 4 women missing in Costa Rica are minors

QCOSTARICA - In 2020 there were more than 900 reports of missing women in Costa Rica. Three out of every four reports were of minors, according to statistical data from the Organismo de Investigacion Judicial (OIJ). The data, requested by La Nacion, reveals that the...

Costa Rica sees ailing tourism sector stagnant in 2021 after COVID-19 blow

QCOSTARICA  - Tourism to Costa Rica will likely stagnate this year at the sharply reduced levels of 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, weighing on the country's economy, said the Minister of Tourism on Saturday. Gustavo Segura said Costa Rica will in 2021 probably receive...

Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman’s son Connor shares fishing pic as he celebrates 26th birthday in Costa Rica

Q MAGAZINE - Connor Cruise posted a rare photo of himself on Instagram over the weekend, he looks almost unrecognizable. The 26-year-old adopted son of Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, happily posed for a picture this week to show off his catch, a huge Yellowfin...

Yokasta Valle vs. Sana Hazuki on Saturday in Costa Rica

Q MAGAZINE - Yokasta Valle, a world champion in two weight classes, having held the International Boxing Federation (IBF) female mini flyweight title since 2019 and previously the IBF female junior mini flyweight title in 2016, will defend her title, before her mandatory challenger,...

About 29,000 small businesses disappeared in one year

QCOSTARICA - About 29,000 microenterprises disappeared in 2019, according to the latest figures by the National Institute of Statistics and Census of Costa Rica (INEC). There are now some 367,911 microentreprises, small businesses that employ a small number of employees, usually fewer than 10 people,...

ICE, INS and state banks are left out of the public employment reform

QCOSTARICA - In order to avoid an impact on competing public companies, legislators today approved a motion that excludes ICE, INS and state banks from the public employment law. The initiative aims to establish the same salary for equal responsibilities in the state sector and...

In Costa Rica, reports of OVNIs (UFOs) increased during the pandemic

QCOSTARICA - Sometimes it's just birds, drones, helium balloons, and even ridiculous flying saucers. But on other occasions, after taking a photograph or a simple video, the doubt remains about what moves strangely in the sky, because it has a unique shape and shines...

IMF loan must be approved in the Assembly no later than the beginning of June

QCOSTARICA - The Legislative Assembly must approve the US$1.75 billion dollar "soft" loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) no later than the beginning of June, affirms Manuela Goretti, Head of the IMF Mission. At the Friday press conference, Goretti detailed the procedure to follow...

Costa Rica and Panama in times of Coronavirus

The worldwide pandemic has devastated the world’s health care systems. Poorer and underdeveloped countries have especially been hit hard by the current health crisis. For years relocation organizations have been promoting Panama as a retirement haven. Panama’s drawing card is its low cost of living...

Puerto Viejo, Limon

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Limón, Costa Rica Photo by Silivan Munguarakarama via Unsplash.

Political pressure grows for medical marijuana and hemp

QCOSTARICA -A group of legislators is pressuring the government to take advantage of the current period of extraordinary sessions to process the legislation that regulates the market for medical marijuana and hemp. They asked President Carlos Alavarado for consistency with the promise he made at...

Costa Rica has the best immunization rate in Latin America

QCOSTARICA - The Covid-19 vaccination campaign in Costa Rica is excepted to accelerate likely in February when the number of vaccines received in January would double, thanks to the arrival of the first doses developed by AstraZeneca. “By February we hope to double the arrival...

Ana de Armas dumps Ben Affleck

Q MAGAZINE - Ben Affleck is single again after Ana de Armas broker off their relationship reported People. "Ben is no longer dating Ana," the source told People. "She broke it off. Their relationship was complicated. Ana doesn't want to be Los Angeles based and...

Dog walking the beach in Santa Teresa

Dog walking the beach in Santa Teresa Beach, Puntarenas, Costa Rica Photo by Ricardo Arce via Unsplash.

Playa Hermosa, Puntarenas

A view of Playa Hermosa, Puntarenas looking southwest from the Costanera. Photo by Ricardo Arce via Unsplash.

Costa Rica’s Buzzy Nicoya Peninsula Is a Natural Haven for Creatives

Condé Nast Traveler - In August 2020, in the middle of lockdown, Costa Rica announced its 30th national park. The former prison island of San Lucas, off Puntarenas on the Pacific coast, is a haven for howler monkeys, bats, spiders, snakes, deer, pheasants, hammerhead...

Printed voucher for purchases under ¢30,000 was eliminated from January 1

QCOSTARICA - Did you notice that lately your local pulperia, supermarket, big box store and every other place you use your plastic that you weren't given the voucher? Or the cashier offering the card reader instead of taking your car? And that pesky email...

The 6 Best Costa Rica Casinos

Costa Rica is one of the most desirable locations for anyone who wants to relax and unwind. This pretty Central American country has so much to offer to tourists: amazing attractions, beautiful nature and numerous entertainment activities. One of these activities is gambling. The origins...

Costa Rica has received 87,750 vaccines in less than a month: fourth batch arrived this Tuesday

QCOSTARICA - Since the first batch of 9,750 doses of the covid-19 vaccine on December 23, 2020, Costa Rica has received three more shipments for a total of 87,750 doses against covid-19. The most recent shipment landed Tuesday night, January 12, at Juan Santamaría airport,...

Costa Rica and Nicaragua Travel Guide

Q TRAVEL - The coronavirus pandemic has reduced the ease of traveling from one country to another. Though are fewer border restrictions now than when the pandemic first began in March 2020, those wanting to travel still face many limits. Between Nicaragua and Costa Rica,...

When can the Covid-19 vaccine be purchased at a pharmacy in Costa Rica?

QCOSTARICA - Purchasing the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine in Costa Rican pharmacies is foreseen in the second half of the year, at the earliest, while acquiring the vaccine developed by Pfizer/BioNTech in the market will have to wait until 2022. "We call this first phase of...

If the IMF option fails there would be no plan B

QCOSTARICA - On Monday, January 11, the central government began negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) without a plan B to address the government's financing, despite the fact that at this time there is no guarantee of success. This is even more noticeable if...

Gordon Ramsay in Costa Rica: famous chef walks in Limón and tasted the spoon of a Caribbean soda

QCOSTARICA - Kisha More Bent will never forget Monday, January 11. That day, starting in the afternoon, she served rice and beans and a mondongo (tripe) soup to Gordon Ramsay, the demanding and celebrity chef. “When I went to the table at once, he looked...

Study: masks and vehicle restriction were the most effective against Covid-19 in CR

QCOSTARICA - When implemented together, the mandatory use of masks and vehicle restriction were the most efficient measure to reduce hospitalizations for Covid-19, according to preliminary findings of a recent study. In contrast, other measures such as the closing of August 10, which only focused...

Start of school year remains firm for February 8

QCOSTARICA - The teachers' demand to be vaccinated against covid-19 before returning to the classroom did not echo in the halls of the Ministry of Education or in the Ministry of Health. Guiselle Cruz, Minister of Education, was clear on Friday that the school year...

Costa Rica ranks as the best destination for retirees in the 2021 global index

QCOSTARICA - Costa Rica was placed in the first place as a destination for retirees in 2021, according to the annual ranking by International Living (IL), surpassing countries such as Panama, Mexico, Colombia and Portugal. According to IL's Annual Global Retirement Index 2021, which has...

Covid-19 contagion rate ‘decreases moderately’ at the end of the year in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - The latest report from the Research Unit of the Universidad Hispanoamericana School of Medicine reports that the contagion rate of covid-19 in Costa Rica "decreased moderately." According to the analysis, between Sunday, December 20 and Saturday, December 26, the contagion rate at the...

Costa Rica is the country with the most cell lines per inhabitant in the world

QCOSTARICA - Costa Rica is the country with the highest number of active cell lines per inhabitant in the world according to the most recent data from the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and presented by the Superintendency of Telecommunications (Sutel) in its State of...

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